Montessori Inspired Vegetable Activities for Kids (Part 1)

Monday, November 28, 2016

We are all currently sick (since the weekend), we are battling cough and flu.  We spend our days resting, basically just sitting around doing random things like reading books, playing with toys or watch the kids’ favourite TV shows.  Because I was able to do some groceries last weekend, I decided to whip a vegetable activities for the boys yesterday using the ones I bought from the store.  My aim for these activities is to introduce healthy foods to the kids for fast recovery (from our sickness) and healthy diet.   The cards are from my shop and both of my kids love it!
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Bundle Packs Are on SALE!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

It’s my pre-Christmas sale!! I’m inviting everyone to check and avail the discount on all of my BUNDLE packs in my Sellfy Shop. The bundle packs can be viewed below and click the image for the product details.   Use the code below when you checkout the item/items.

Promo period is from Nov. 25 to Dec 10, 2016. 

Enjoy!

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Montessori Botany Materials

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Last month, the boys were ill and they stayed in bed almost every day for a week. I was practically free the entire day but busy at night (mostly for Vito). During the time that they were sick, I decided to “upgrade” my Montessori botany cards and booklets for Vito to use in Spring 2017.   Some of these were hand drawn, and I’m proud of what I have achieved.  Come take a look!

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Fruits and Vegetable Montessori Cards

Monday, November 21, 2016

Vito is 36 months old.

These fruits and vegetable cards were taken out of the storage box and has been abused ever since.  It’s been used for naming and identifying fruits and vegetables, as well as matching cards. 

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FREE Fruits and Vegetables Ten Frames

Sunday, November 20, 2016

We’re going to have Fruits and Vegetables Unit in the coming days and I made these beautiful ten frame cards/sheets that I’d like to share to all my beloved readers!  I used images of fruits and vegetables that Vito can identify so he’ll be more inspired to count.

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Preschool Week in Review

Friday, November 18, 2016

Last week, Vito refused to do any of our language activities, so worked mostly on practical life, counting, sorting and storytelling. He also started walking to Mavi’s school (no buggy!) despite that it’s a 30 to 45 minutes walk roundtrip.  This lessens our time for “preschool” in the morning since we have to leave early.

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Wooden Counting Pyramid Puzzle from Beleduc

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I guess by now you know that I am a HUGE fan of Beleduc, a toy company in Germany that produces beautiful educational materials for kids.  The boys love our Beleduc puzzles and we always use them.  You’ve seen us using our Body Puzzle and Pumpkin Life Cycle in the blog lately. And look what I discovered recently… it’s a wooden puzzle pyramid used for counting!
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FREE Beginning Sound BINGO Sheets

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Available now for download!  You can enjoy these sheets as much as we do.

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Language Lessons for Vito: RAMFBITG

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Vito is 36 months old.

Vito is currently working hard learning his letters, sounds and expanding his vocabulary. Due to weather constraint we are mostly stuck at home, therefore the lack of outdoor nature studies. So our  mornings are mostly spent for his “homeschool”.  We are busy reading books, learning letters, doing writing and practical life activities.

In this post, I would like to share Vito’s language lessons which you can try in your homes as well.  Remember my post on booklets?  I mentioned in the post that at home we’re learning letters and their sounds in groups (color coded).  First group is RAMF-BITG, second is CUSN-POLH and lastly DEXQY-WXZKVJ.  This idea came from My Montessori Journey, one of my favourite blogs dated back in 2010.  Read more about this grouping here.

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Introducing the North American History

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Based on my experience, the best way to teach kids about history is through famous landmarks.  I remember growing up with my father’s stories of Greece, Spain, Egypt and South America.  He has photos taken at the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, in Acropolis, Christ the Redeemer in Rio and more.  He’s telling me a bit about history through the landmarks in his photos and this fascinated me.  Since then, I’ve been very interested in traveling and learning about world history. I wanted to inspire Mavi in the same way.  I always start my history lessons with the famous landmarks using our travel photos and the Safari Toobs (Around the World, World Landmarks).  Recently, I purchased the Safari Supertoob USA (on sale) because Mavi wanted to know more about the US (inspired by our trip there last May).

So in this post, I’m sharing how we worked on understanding the history of North America, through famous landmarks figures and playsets that depicts the life of the early people of North America.
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Early Literacy with Beginning Letter Sound BINGO Game

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Vito is 36 months old.

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile!  We’re having minor fixes at home thus, the lack of updates and posts.  But I am so happy to say, that Vito is FINALLY interested in letters! He’s currently showing eagerness in learning how to write letters and read.  You can check my updates and photos  in my Instagram account for live updates.  So expect A LOT of letter/phonics/reading activities in the coming days…  and months from us!

To start with, we played BINGO game early this week, and I was so happy that Vito loved and enjoyed it!

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Highly Recommended Montessori Materials

Monday, November 7, 2016

Another feature for 12 Months of Montessori series! For November, I’m sharing our favourite Montessori materials that my kids love and have been using for years.  So to those who are asking me on what Montessori materials to invest in, here are my recommendations:
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Teaching the Phases of the Moon to Gradeschoolers

Friday, November 4, 2016

Probably by now, you must have read my post on the Phases of the Moon for preschoolers.  If not, I highly recommend that you do for it will give you ideas on how to introduce the moon’s phases to kids from ages 2.5 years and older.

We’ve been discussing this topic almost every year, and for this year, I wanted to give Mavi something different. So here are the materials I prepared for him:  wall chart of the moon’s phases, a booklet for definition and nomenclature cards. 
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Our Leaf Shapes Study

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It’s Mavi’s midterm break this week and I decided to have activities that both of the boys can work together.  First in mind is a leaf study, since we are currently surrounded by beautiful and colourful leaves.  They are just too glorious when they change colors and I don’t want to miss that opportunity! LOL

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The Owl and Other Nocturnal Creatures

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

With all these Halloween decorations, Vito became fascinated with owls. We’ve been reading The Owl and Owl Babies for days now, and he loves looking at the pictures matching his animal figure. He would also pretend to to have big eyes and pretend flying around the house and say “Im owl Mommy”.    So I whipped a few activities to help him explore this beautiful creature together with some night-time animals.DSC_8961